We have all learned in school and on television that wasting water is a problem for the public. Not only does it cause a problem for everyone as a society, it sure is difficult to concentrate or find peace with hearing a constant steady series of drips in the background noise of our homes. That is to say that, though we are bound to turn off the shower a few minutes faster, reuse water bottles to water our indoor plants, or yank the handle of our faucets to stop the dripping, chances are we haven’t thought about the much bigger picture of our actual water usage.
For starters, there is a nearly 70 gallon per individual water usage in a regular home, per day! You can approximate another 7 gallons of wasted water a day on top of that amount, which also accumulates on your water bill. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 10,000 gallons of water ware wasted in the average home every year across the United States, but can be higher depending on the severity of the leak. These numbers carry even more weight when we consider that the amount of water we pump from the Earth is greater than the rate at which it is replenishing.
The long form of the math done to estimate just what the demand for water is in countries that are in need would details much more alarm. By U.S. Homeowners either doing the work to repair their leaks or contracting out to have the work done, a lot of this precious resource could be saved for those that are currently having to go without, and don’t forget the resources such as agriculture that water is necessary to have to maintain!
Some of the most effective ways to check for leaks in your home that are otherwise hidden are to look for a higher than usual water bill, problems with your water pressure (lower than usual), wet or standing water in your lawn or sightings of rodents congregating in your area.
Do you need help detecting and repairing leaks in your home? If you suspect water is being wasted, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Company a call at (615) 227-2811 for professional assistance, today!